HC Deb 30 April 1980 vol 983 cc564-5W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a 16-year-old boy was put into a cell with five men at Winchester prison; why the boy was sent to Winchester; if he will make a full statement on what happened to the boy while in Winchester; what disciplinary or other action is being taken against his assailants; and where the boy is now.

Mr. Brittan

The 16-year-old boy in question was convicted at Newport, Isle of Wight, magistrates' court and was committed in custody to Winchester remand centre to await sentence at Newport, Isle of Wight, Crown court. He shared a dormitory cell with five others, all under the age of 21. Following a complaint about his treatment at the hands of his cell mates, the police were called in to investigate and a report has gone to the Director of Public Prosecutions. When the boy appeared at the Crown court, sentence was deferred for five months.